Our previous pal Kevin Sabet lately took to the pages of The Hill to whine about his facet not getting sufficient illustration on the current federal listening to regarding marijuana prohibition. I suppose 80+ years of presidency dominated by politicians who help prohibition, dozens of op-eds in numerous high-circulation publications and appearances on CNBC, Fox Information, MSNBC, CNN and a Ted Discuss simply aren’t sufficient to get Kevin’s factors throughout.
Since I’m an empathetic particular person and I really feel Kevin’s ache, enable me to interrupt down his common speaking factors, which could be seen on show in The Hill piece linked above.
Kevin’s number one transfer is to hyperlink marijuana to tobacco early and infrequently. As he does within the piece above, he’ll typically use the time period “Huge Tobacco” and hyperlink it in your thoughts with corporations that promote marijuana merchandise. After all, tobacco has killed lots of of hundreds of thousands of individuals and marijuana has killed nobody, however if you happen to can hyperlink marijuana to a harmful substance, then it makes the remainder of the speaking factors somewhat extra digestible.
Subsequent comes a brief listing of the so-called failures of legalization, primarily how legalization causes extra minorities to go to jail as a result of minorities are nonetheless arrested at a better charge than whites, so regardless that fewer minorities general are being arrested, that is nonetheless devastating for minority communities. Kevin then goes on to allude to the truth that many cannabis shops are opened in minority communities, which concurrently tears on the material of the group whereas these companies additionally one way or the other keep away from hiring anybody locally and keep away from making any kind of financial impression locally.
That is often adopted by a number of cherry-picked research that Kevin claims present marijuana use results in psychosis. A brand new quiver in Kevin’s arsenal crops up within the piece, the examine that supposedly proves that marijuana doesn’t assist with opioid dependancy and deaths, one thing I lined right here.
On the finish, Kevin will typically convey all of it again to what he likes to name “Huge Tobacco 2.0”. If Kevin could make you suppose marijuana legalization is as harmful as tobacco being authorized, then it’s nothing for him to get you to purchase the remainder of his spiel.
However the main gap is Kevin’s principle – not the one gap, simply the most important – is the truth that cannabis is demonstrably safer than tobacco. His often-used implication that minority communities might be harmed by marijuana legalization as a result of marijuana is harmful and minorities are simply taken in by the slick promoting of Huge Marijuana is de facto simply passive aggressive racism as soon as you need to admit that marijuana and tobacco are wildly totally different substances.